Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas is a grant program from Jackson EMC that awards funds for creative and innovative classroom projects developed by middle school teachers. This grant program provides funds to state certified educators in a middle school in Jackson EMC’s service area.

“We know budgets can hinder classroom projects and that educators dip into their own pockets to help pay for their creative lesson plans,” said Chip Jakins, Jackson EMC President/CEO. “This program energizes the level of teaching, learning and overall educational experience.”

Since the program’s inception, Jackson EMC has awarded $404,655 in Bright Ideas grants.

Educators for grades six through eight can apply for up to $2,000 in grant funds for classroom projects that are not funded through general education dollars. Projects must involve students directly, provide a creative learning experience through innovative teaching methods, provide ongoing benefits to the students, create opportunities for teamwork and support the continuous improvement of education in Georgia.

An independent panel of college-level educators and administrators judge grant applications. Grant recipients will be notified and awarded funds in October and early November.

Success Tips from the Judges:

  • Make sure the stated project objectives match the proposed project summary.
  • Make sure your writing is grammatically correct, thoughtful and serious; your writing should relate to the proposed ideas and topical areas.
  • Make sure your proposal narrative effectively addresses the major topical areas: summary, innovation, implementation and objectives.


Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are now closed. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be available in August 2024.

Bright Ideas Success

Bright Ideas recognizes and rewards innovative and creative classroom projects developed by teachers that are not funded through general education funds. Learn from educators about how Bright Ideas stimulates bright minds.